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Islamic State's Persecution Of Christians Is A 'Crime Against Humanity': Human Rights Lawyer

(12) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 9:25 AM

(RNS) Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening?

Since capturing the country’s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has ordered Christians to convert to Islam, pay taxes levied on non-Muslims, or die. The extremist Sunni group is...

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Conservatives May Hold The Key To Ending The Death Penalty: Opinion

(6) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:14 PM

WASHINGTON (RNS) Ralph Reed’s recent Road to Majority conservative confab in the nation’s capital had an unlikely exhibitor in the conference hall: opponents of the death penalty.

The activists were in the right place because their opposition stems from conservative principles. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty believe that the...

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Sullivan and Hewitt on God

(50) Comments | Posted October 27, 2006 | 1:55 PM

Andrew Sullivan had a lively discussion of his new book on the Hugh Hewitt show that raised a lot of interesting issues.

I don't identify with fundamentalist Christians and I think Sullivan is right in his criticism that too many Christians today act like the Pharisees. But Pat...

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Obama and The God Factor

(56) Comments | Posted October 24, 2006 | 10:56 AM

There is much talk about Sen. Barack Obama saying he's weighing a White House run. People talk of his good looks, charisma, brains and moderation. But there has been very little talk about the thing that will help him connect with many Americans who have felt alienated from the Democratic...

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Joe Still Doesn't Get It

(15) Comments | Posted August 8, 2006 | 3:33 PM

A final Quinnipiac poll shows Lamont ahead of Lieberman 51%-45%, which is closer than a previous Q poll that showed Lamont with a 13-pt lead a week ago. Never learning any lessons, Lieberman is already crowing about winning. He told the New York Daily News: "I feel they were flirting...

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No More Flag Amendment... Until 2008

(40) Comments | Posted June 28, 2006 | 2:29 PM

Did you hear that? It was the collective sigh of relief of flag burners across the country...all ten of them. Last night, the Senate fell one vote short of passing a constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration. Free beers all around at the Flag Burners Club!

It's going to...

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This is Why So Many People Hate Feminists

(140) Comments | Posted June 19, 2006 | 2:36 PM

In a Washington Post oped yesterday, Linda Hirshman, a self described feminist philosopher, treats full-time motherhood with the curiosity of an anthropologist who has stumbled upon a previously undiscovered tribe of people. Like SNL's "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer", Hirshman seems to be "frightened and confused" by this bizarre creature called...

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Evangelical Voters and Democrats -- Common Interests?

(54) Comments | Posted June 13, 2006 | 3:35 PM

Gandhi once said if Christians lived according to their faith, there would be no Hindus left in India. He knew how powerful the fundamental tenets of Christianity -- fighting poverty, caring for the least among us, loving your enemies, eschewing materialism and embracing humility -- could be if everyone who...

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McCain's Brilliant Campaign Stunt

(52) Comments | Posted May 22, 2006 | 6:27 PM

All the hoopla surrounding Sen. McCain being shouted down at the New School can be defined only one way: a brilliant campaign stunt. What could be better for a Senator who is seen by the right-wing base as being too cozy with the Left than to be heckled and rudely...

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Should Women Find Their "Inner Housewife"?

(8) Comments | Posted May 8, 2006 | 4:51 PM

The ongoing "Mommy Wars" has been building with such ferocity that it seems destined for an old-fashioned rumble. The Greasers and the Socs used knives and tire irons; the working mothers will hurl blackberries and briefcases, while the stay-at-homes try to run them over with their minivans.

Barrels of ink...

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Democrats: Shut Up and Just Do It

(22) Comments | Posted March 7, 2006 | 10:42 PM

A few weeks ago, I decided to line my birdcage with only articles about how the Democratic Party is clueless, lost and desperate. Suffice to say, Polly has had lots of paper to crap on.

Ok, I don't have a bird or a birdcage. But if I...

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When Republicans Attack

(98) Comments | Posted February 6, 2006 | 12:38 PM

Yesterday, we saw the Republicans launch their first attempt to negatively brand one of the contenders for the 2006 Democratic presidential nomination. Regardless if you are a Hillary lover or Hillary hater, anyone who is a Democrat should have their antenna up as a result of the RNC Chairman's statement...

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What the President Didn't Say in the SOTU

(8) Comments | Posted February 2, 2006 | 10:28 PM

Wednesday morning, on the Imus Show, Senator McCain defended President Bush for not saying more about Hurricane Katrina in the State of the Union, saying the President was "fully cognizant of the challenge we still face in New Orleans."

To dedicate a mere two paragraphs to one of the worst...

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